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Fact vs Myth Top 5, Superstitions in Korea

Published Date : Jul. 31, 2020 / Edited Date : Aug. 13, 2020


Fact vs Myth Top 5:
Superstitions in Korea
Jangseung Illustration


What kind of role do superstitions play in our lives? It's easy to dismiss superstitions altogether, but every so often you may question yourself as to whether they could hold some truth. On that note, today we'll have a look at some locations that are home to superstitions around the city and explore the various rumors that commonly come and go. Let's dive right in and see how much truth it all holds before venturing out with friends or that special someone on a memorable date course, shall we?

#1 One stroll on the stonewall walkway leads to a breakup.

Couples walking on Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway & Outside of Seoul Museum of Art
Deoksugung Palace Stonewall Walkway

One of the most well-known anecdotes of the Deoksugung Palace is in relation to the stonewall walkway that surrounds the palace. The average Seoulite is likely familiar with this superstition, while it actually stems from a somewhat convincing background. The end of the walkway was once home to to the Seoul Family Court until 1995. Up until that time, there had been numerous couples heading to the courthouse on their way to get a divorce. Broken Heart This, in fact, is what led to the rumor coming about. However, after it was renovated into the Seoul Museum of Art, the curse no longer stands to be effective, or so it is said. So, now that we understand how it all began, put your concerns aside and come for a stroll with that special someone Couple along the beautiful scenery the walkway provides. You can't give up such a great photo opportunity just because of a silly rumor, am I right?! :)

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  • Address
    Address 24, Sejong-daero 19-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul (British Embassy)
Jeongdong-gil & Jeongdong Theater
Jeongdong-gil

Located along the palace stonewall walkway, visitors will come across the Jeongdong Theater. In front of the theater, the thoughtful phrase, "Together with you, one step at a time," is laid out in large lettering to signify the start of Jeongdong-gil. Jeongdong-gil is able to preserve the modern history of the city intact. The backstreet to the right of the theater also leads to a renowned palace hall, Jungmyeonjeon Hall. The hall emanates a picturesque structure, as old as the Chungdong First Methodist Church. Seoulites often frequent the outside area of the building to get in a beautiful snapshot amid the plush, green grass Tree Leaf that complements the structure. The quaint serenity of Jeongdong-gil may not offer many vibrant activities or places to eat, but lots of people stop by to perhaps enjoy that sense of peace and quiet.

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  • Address
    Address 30-1, Jeong-dong, Jong-gu, Seoul

#2 The feng shui of Hannam-dong attracts the energy of wealth.

Panoramic View of Hannam-dong
Hannam-dong Feng Shui

The name "Hannam-dong" is derived from the neutral geographical location between the Hangang River and Namsan Mountain . To the north stands the mountainside with green pastures, while the Hangang River flows through the city to the south. This particular blueprint of nature with the mountainside to the rear and a body of water in front is referred to as baesan-imsu (lit. backside, mountain; frontside, water). The geographical positioning, itself, is said to attract the "energy of wealth." However, no one can really know whether Hannam-dong actually benefitted from this in any way. Since that's the case, why not apply a little feng shui in your home to try and conjure up some of that energy to bring some wealth and prosperity into your life? Of course, be sure to take it with a grain of salt and just have fun!

Tip Bubble How to incorporate feng shui into your home interior:

1. Avoid sleeping with your head facing the north.

2. Refrain from placing a large mirror in a spot facing the main entrance of your home.

3. Maintain as much as lighting in your home as possible.

4. Homes facing the south are preferable.

5. Keep the toilet cover down so as to avoid losing energy that attracts wealth.

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  • Address
    Address Hannam-dong, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
Cafe Sayoo
Multi-cultural Complex, Sayoo

Feel like taking advantage of some of the energy radiating from Hannam-dong? Venture over to Cafe Sayoo, a local landmark that offers the best of both worlds, Hangang River Hangang River , and Namsan Mountain Namsan Mountain Sayoo is popular for its rooftop view that captures a spectacular panoramic of Hannam-dong. Endeared as a multi-cultural complex of sorts, the cafe offers a fusion of cafe ambiance with that of an art gallery on each floor. With the theme on each floor as defined as it is, visitors can thoroughly enjoy a perusal of all the artistic vibes. It's simply amazing how so much ambiance is packed into a single place! Perhaps it's because of the energy flowing throughout Hannam-dong to begin with! Feel free to head up to the rooftop for some photos of the area that will give the impression of having been whisked away to Europe on vacation. Stop on by and update your Instagram alongside a delicious cup of Einspanner coffee, the cafe's signature menu item.

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  • Address
    Address 5, Itaewon-ro 54-gil, Yongsan-gu, Seoul
  • Hours
    Hours Daily 11:00 - 22:00
  • Phone
    Tel +28-2-2289-9050

#3 The guardian of Seoul rests in Gwanaksan Mountain.

Jangseung & Sotdae of Gwananksan Mountain

Walk along the second section of Seoul Trail located on Gwanaksan Mountain and you'll find a number of jangseungs (Korean totem poles) and sotdaes (stone pillars) lining the trail. These characteristic structures served as so-called guardians Guardian that protected the local village from long ago. So, let's take a peek into the origin of these structures and why they stand where they are protecting the city of Seoul!


Jangseungs on Gwanak Mountain Trail
Jangseung

Don't mind the frightful faces of these tall totem poles. These structures, in fact, once served as guardians that protected the city. The ones lining the trail even have a curious background story. In July of 2011, there had been torrential rainfall Raining that brought down many trees Tree , which were then used to create the jangseungs and sotdaes lining the trail on Gwanaksan Mountain. From that point on, they became guardians of Seoul as they stood tall on the mountainside, often referred to as cheonhadaejanggun (lit. mighty general of the world) and jihayeojanggun (lit. mighty female general of the underworld).

 

Sotdaes on Gwanak Mountain Trail
Sotdae

With its lengthy history, the other guardian-like structure, sotdae, a name specific to Seoul, is called by soju, soldae, and other various names throughout different regions of the country. These pillars here on the mountain Mountain were created from about 50 or so trees that fell during heavy rains in the area some years ago. And atop each pillar, there is a cute-looking bird carved from the singular piece of wood. It makes for some great scenery for those making their way out to the trail for some adventure!

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  • Address
    Address Sillim-dong, Gwanak-gu, Seoul

#4 Once you enter the "Eungam Triangle," there is no escape.

Eungam Station
Eungam Triangle

There's a haunting saying that goes, "Don't fall asleep on the train at Eungam Station or you'll wake up right where you started." The "Eungam Triangle," also sometimes referred to a kind of mobius strip Mobius Strip seemingly mimics that of the Bermuda Triangle from which there is no escape. Despite it's actual name, Eungam Loop, located at the northwestern end of line six, that particular area has become more infamous through its variety of nicknames. In fact, area residents People that have found themselves once trapped within the Eungam Triangle are said to have once petitioned to shut down that part of the line. So then how exactly did the Eungam Triangle come to be, you ask? The Seoul Metro initially intended to construct line six up until Yeonsinnae Station, making it the final terminal, however, due to issues with noise and ground vibrations, a big conflict arose between Seoul Metro and area residents. This resulted in line six being constructed into the only loop found among all lines of the Seoul subway system.

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  • Address
    Address 477, Jeungsan-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul Transporation Subway Line 6, Eungam Station
Eungam-dong Gamjaguk Street with Buchujeon
Eungam Gamjaguk Street

If you find yourself getting lost around Eungam Station, why not stop by the Gamjaguk Street of Eungam-dong? Gamjaguk Street is located right inside the Daerim Market and has been since the 1980s, preserving its tradition of gamjaguk Gamjaguk , a pork soup with potatoes and other vegetable in a thick, savory broth. The first shop to open, Ehwa Gamjaguk, even celebrates its 35th anniversary this year. This popular eatery is open 24/7 and proudly offers its frequent line customers free refills. The women that run the business, greeting and serving the customers, emanate such a friendly vibe that you wholly experience the essence of Korean food and culture. Ehwa Gamjaguk is not only famous for its gamjaguk that surely hits the spot, but also for its tasty buchujeon, a Korean-style pancake with chives. You'll want to take some time out of your day to come visit this neighborhood favorite!

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  • Address
    Address 176-1, Eungam-ro, Eunpyeong-gu, Seoul
  • Hours
    Hours Daily 00:00 - 24:00 (Open year round)
  • Phone
    Tel +82-2-307-4723

#5 Seoul is home to a ghost station of which no one knows.

Abandoned Sinseoldong Station B3 Level
Truth Behind Ghost Platform of Sinseol-dong

Last year, the Seoul Metro Subway recorded an astonishing 2.7 billion passengers to have ridden the subway. And yet, even on the busiest subway line, line two, there is a so-called ghost station, or platform, Ghost that no one is allowed to enter. It's located on the boarded-up third basement level of Sinseoldong Station and has remained a mystery ever since 1974. Since then, the platform has been closed off to the public and left off the station map entirely. Compared to the spooky vibe of the atmosphere, the origin of the haunted platform is actually nothing much to write home about. Back in the 1970s during the construction of line one, the platform was supposed to serve as a connecting track to line five in the future, but later on, a change in the subway line blueprints naturally led to the platform losing its intended purpose. Despite this very simplistic origin, the grim-looking interior, seemingly straight out of a horror flick, has led to it raising popularity.

Tip Bubble Public access is prohibited to the ghost platform!

Tag Bubble #SinseoldongStation #GhostStation #HauntedPlatform #GhostPlatform #SubwayLine2 #SubwayLine1

Information.

  • Address
    Address B3, Wangsan-ro, Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul


Sinseol-dong Ghost Platform of Today

Even if you're hearing of Sinseoldong Station's ghost platform for the first time, you are sure to have seen it before. There are numbers of movies, dramas, music videos, and more that have incorporated the platform into filming thanks to its unique traits. The most familiar, perhaps, are two music videos of the K-pop Mic giants, EXO and Twice. Ever since then, the spine-tingling platform became known far and wide. Curious to know how the videos came out?! Check out the links below and watch the videos Music Video for yourself! The variation and creativity put into each set will make you forget where the filming is even taking place!

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#Seoul #Jangseung #FactOrMyth #GwanakMountain #GhostPlatform #KoreaSuperstitions #Superstitions #Top5

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  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 3일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 기존 등록된 예약 중 그룹별 정원을 초과하지 않는 예약에 한하여 1일 전 17시까지 추가예약 가능합니다.
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  • 다음달 예약은 전달 15일 이후부터 가능합니다.
  • 주말 및 공휴일, 봄 가을 성수기에는 예약이 조기 마감될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
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  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최대 6개월 전부터 최소 5일 전 까지 신청 가능합니다.
  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 특히 주말 및 공휴일, 봄(4~5월) 가을(9~11월) 성수기에는 예약이 조기마감 되오니 이 점 유의하여 주시기 바랍니다.
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  • 경복궁, 창덕궁, 창경궁, 덕수궁 35인 이상 관람 시, 해당 궁궐 사이트에서 15일 전 단체 입장신청이 필요합니다. (2014.1.1.부터 시행)
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  • 보호자가 동반하지 않는 만 14세 미만의 하동 관광객의 경우 현장에서 취소됩니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)

예약 전 안내사항

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  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.(최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)

예약 전 안내사항

  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 덕수궁의 경우 복지카드를 지참한 관광객에 한하여 무료입장이 가능합니다.
    ※ 중증(1~3급) 동반인 포함 2명 무료
    ※ 경증(4~6급) 장애인 본인 1인만 무료
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  • 희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.
    (최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)

예약 전 안내사항

  • 예약은 관광일 기준 최소 1주일 전까지 가능합니다.
  • 본 코스는 보행약자(거동이 불편한 고령자, 장애인, 유모차 이용자 등)를 위한 코스입니다.
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    희망하시는 날짜 및 코스에 활동가능한 해설사가 없는 경우 예약은 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 예약확인을 위해 도보관광 사무국(02-6925-0777)에서 확인 연락이 진행됩니다.(최소 5일~한달 전)3회 이상 전화통화가 이뤄지지 않을 시 예약이 취소될 수 있습니다.
  • 해설 진행 시 발생하는 안전사고에 대해서 도보관광 사무국과 서울문화관광해설사는 책임을 지지 않습니다.
  • 미세먼지 비상저감조치 발령 및 기타 기상악화(폭염, 태풍, 폭우 등)로 인해 도보관광 운영이 어려운 경우 모든 예약은 일괄 취소됩니다. (관광일 전날 기준)

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  • Reservation for unaccompanied tourist under 14 will be canceled on site.
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    (At least 5 days~1 month before tour day) Reservation may be canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office cannot reach you for more than 3 times.
  • Seoul Guided Walking Tour Office and Seoul culture and tourism guide are not liable for the safety accidents during the Seoul Guided Walking Tour.
  • All reservations are canceled when Seoul Guided Walking Tour is unavailable due to Particulate Matter Reduction Measure or other weather conditions (heat wave, typhoon, heavy rain). (As of the date before the tour day)

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  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも3日前まで可能です。
  • 翌月の予約は、前月の15日から可能です。
  • 週末及び祝日、春秋シーズンには予約が早めに締め切られる場合があります。
  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局と
    ソウル文化観光解説士は責任を負いません。
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    観光日前日基準)

予約前の案内事項

  • 予約は観光日を基準として少なくとも1週間前まで可能です。
  • 本コースは、移動弱者(移動が不自由な高齢者、障害者、ベビーカー利用者など)のためのコースです。
  • 補助人(或いは同行人)を伴わない場合は利用できません。
      ※歩行弱者1人当たり少なくとも1人以上の補助人を伴う
      ※電動補助具(電動車椅子、電動スクーターなど)使用者の場合、補助人1当たり歩行弱者最大4人まで同伴可能
  • ご希望の日付及びコースに活動可能な解説士がいない場合、予約はキャンセルされることがあります。
  • 予約を確認するため、徒歩観光事務局(02-6925-0777)で確認のための連絡が行われます。
    (少なくとも5日~1ヶ月前)3回以上電話が通じない場合、予約が取り消されることがあります。
  • 解説を進行する時に発生する安全事故に対し、徒歩観光事務局とソウル文化観光解説士は
    責任を負いません。
  • PM 2.5(ピーエムにてんご)の非常低減措置発令及びその他の気象悪化(猛暑、台風、暴雨など)によって
      徒歩観光の運営が困難な場合、すべての予約は一括キャンセルされます。
     (観光日前日基準)

预约前说明事项

  • 观光日基准最少3日前方可进行预约。
  • 下个月的预约可从前月15日开始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的预约可早期结束。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光
    解说员概不负责。
  • 未伴随保护者的未满14岁儿童游客,会在现场取消观光。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)

预约前说明事项

  • 观光日基准最少1日前方可进行预约。
  • 本线路是为了行动不便者(行动不便的高龄者、残疾人、婴儿车利用者等)的路线。
  • 无辅助人员(或同行人)伴随时,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的辅助人员陪同。
    ※ 电动辅助器具(电动轮椅、电动独轮车等)使用者时,每一位辅助人员最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 为了确认预约,徒步观光事务局(02-6925-0777)会致电进行确认。
    (最少5日~一个月前) 3次以上无法连接时,预约将被取消。
  • 进行解说时,对于有可能发生的安全事故,徒步观光事务局和首尔文化观光解说员概不负责。
  • 因发布微尘紧急低减措施及其他气象恶化(暴热、台风、暴雨等),无法运营 徒步观光时,所有预约会批量取消。
    (观光前日基准)

預約前說明事項

  • 觀光日基準最少3日前方可進行預約。
  • 下個月的預約可從前月15日開始。
  • 周末及公休日、春秋旺季的預約可早期結束。
  • 希望观光的日期及线路上无解说员时,预约有可能被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光解說員概不負責。
  • 未伴隨保護者的未滿14歲兒童遊客,會在現場取消觀光。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。(觀光前日基準)

預約前說明事項

  • 觀光日基準最少1日前方可進行預約。
  • 本線路是為了行動不便者(行動不便的高齡者、殘疾人、嬰兒車利用者等)的路線。
  • 無輔助人員(或同行人)伴隨時,不可利用。
    ※ 步行不便者1名至少需要1名以上的輔助人員陪同。
    ※ 電動輔助器具(電動輪椅、電動獨輪車等)使用者時,每壹位輔助人員最多可陪同 4名步行不便者。
  • 希望觀光的日期及線路上無解說員時,預約有可能被取消。
  • 為了確認預約,徒步觀光事務局(02-6925-0777)會致電進行確認。
    (最少5日~壹個月前) 3次以上無法連接時,預約將被取消。
  • 進行解說時,對於有可能發生的安全事故,徒步觀光事務局和首爾文化觀光 解說員概不負責。
  • 因發布微塵緊急低減措施及其他氣象惡化(暴熱、臺風、暴雨等),無法運營 徒步觀光時,所有預約會批量取消。 (觀光前日基準)